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( السيرة النبوية (40) ) بقلم : د. علي محمد الصلابي

( هل يحتاج المواطن لتأشيرة خروج؟ ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( الشرعية الدولية في الميزان..!! ) بقلم : محمد عمر حسين

( رائد الخصوصية الليبية.. السيد عبدالحميد البكوش في ذكراه الأولى ) بقلم : علي بن زيدان

( البناء والإستبداد.. حوار نظمته "دير اشبيجل".. ) بقلم : محمد بن احميدة

( أما آن لهذا الشعب أن ينعم بثروته!! ) بقلم : عبدالله الشبلي

Wednesday, 30 April, 2008: Kulthum Bouseyfi (photo) graduated as one of Libya's first female pilots and three years on she is still one of the country's few. "I remember one time when I announced, 'This is Captain Kulthum Bouseyfi', some elderly men panicked," she says, recalling some funny moments working for state-run Afriqiyah Airways. "They started shouting, 'How is that possible? It's a woman! "Then the cabin crew took some of them to the cockpit and reassured them that the system could be learned by anyone." The aviation industry in Libya is arguably one of the country's most male-dominated sectors. But Ms Bouseyfi's story is a sign that things are changing in what was once a man's world. "I thought that no-one would accept women working in such a field," she says. "But I see people's respect when they find out I am a pilot." Ms Bouseyfi's dream is to establish her own commercial aviation company. [BBC]
Wednesday, 30 April, 2008: Libya's Qadhafi is fond of portraying himself as America's new best friend, but it's safe to say that few people in our country - with the possible exception of oil industry executives - feel even remotely chummy toward him. Five years ago, Qadhafi renounced terrorism and agreed to abandon Libya's pursuit of nuclear weapons. One very important thing he hasn't done, however, is fully compensate the victims of the long and deadly campaign of terror he waged in the 1980s against the U.S. and its allies. Oil company officials say they certainly support the compensation of the victims of terrorist attacks, but feel it's important not to risk access to Libya's oil. The Bush administration has staked out a similar position. A Chevron spokeswoman summed up the situation this way: "The world is energy inter-dependent, and stronger commercial relationships between the U.S. and Libya would help the U.S. achieve greater energy security." Not really. Cutting a deal with the Libyan tyrant would line his pockets with money, boost U.S. oil company profits and maybe - if the tyrant continues to behave himself - expand the amount of oil accessible to Americans. But it's unlikely the victims of Qadhafi's attacks, who've been waiting decades for justice, would feel more secure. Congress should stand its ground and refuse to negotiate with a terrorist, active or "reformed." [The Virginian-Pilot]
Wednesday, 30 April, 2008: Brazil's Construction company Queiroz Galvão now has four contracts in Libya in the area of urban infrastructure for the value of US$ 500 million, according to figures supplied by the company. It is one of the Brazilian construction companies currently operating in the Arab world, together with Andrade Gutierrez and Odebrecht, with the latter also operating in Libya. According to a spokesperson for the company, Queiroz Galvão has been present in the Arab country for a year and a half and the enterprises it is developing are in different cities in the areas of water supply, sewage, draining, public lighting, telephony, road making and urbanism. All the contracts were signed with the government of Libya. [ANBA]
Wednesday, 30 April, 2008: Treasury is pushing for a middle ground in resolving a protracted row over the future ownership of the Kenya National Petroleum Refineries, pitting Essar Oil and Gas of India and Libya's Tamoil Africa Holdings. The dispute between the two revolves around the bid of 50% stake in the refinery owned by oil majors Shell, BP and Chevron, who had last year agreed to sell the stake to Essar subject to the Government waiving its first right of purchase. The sale has generated little public interest despite its strategic role as a major supply centre as the demand for oil, fuelled by the booming local and regional economies rises. The Government has realised the grave risks posed to national and economic security due to potential oil supply disruption in the Gulf and home, announcing plans to set up strategic oil reserves, last week. [Business Daily]
Wednesday, 30 April, 2008: A study has been initiated in western Rajasthan, India, to identify and delineate broad areas for deep groundwater exploration ... Exploration by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) need not always be for oil and gas. It can be for water too. Taking a cue from Libya, where water has now been provided to the vast desert there, ONGC hopes to provide water in India. For centuries, the deserts of southern Libya formed a barrier crossed by caravans, which followed established tracks from oasis to oasis. Beginning 1953, these largely unknown areas were progressively investigated in the search for new oilfields. This led not only to the discovery of oil but also large quantities of fresh water. Four major underground basins have been located during exploratory drilling for oil in Libya containing fresh water at a depth ranging from 800-2,500 meter leading to a gigantic irrigation project, which is now known as the Great Man-Made River Project. "This project not only quenched the thirst of water-starved Libya but also showed new ray of hope for other parts of the world," said M Rajagopala Rao, the GGM Head Knowledge Management, ONGC, in-charge of the project. [BS-Online]
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( العرب يكررون نفس الأخطاء ) بقلم : عمر الكدي

مؤسسة المنار : ( فى ذكرى وفاة ولى عـهـد المملكة الليبية )

Tuesday, 29 April, 2008: A working visit by a Gazprom delegation headed by the Russian gas monopoly's CEO Alexei Miller to Italy has taken place, the holding's press office reported. During the visit, Miller held meetings with Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi and ENI chief executive Paolo Scaroni, where they discussed prospects for Russian-Italian cooperation in the oil and gas industry. Particular attention was paid to the construction of the South Stream gas pipeline and interaction between Gazprom and ENI as part of joint hydrocarbon exploration and production projects in third countries, including Libya. [RBC]
Tuesday, 29 April, 2008: An agreement for cooperation in the field of communication and transport between Libya and Tunisia was signed in Tunis yesterday. The agreement signed by the Secretary of the General Peoples Committee of Communication and Transport and the Tunisian Minister of Transport called for increasing the number of flights between Tripoli and Tunis. The agreement provided for a joint programme in the field of civil aviation dealing with airports, aviation safety and air cargo companies. The two sides also agreed to launch a direct maritime route between the two countries. The two sides agreed to convene a meeting for the National Land Transport Company in Tunisia and its counterparts in Libya in May. [LJBC]
( من الذي يضلل الجماهير.. طرنيش أم الإعلام الحكومي؟ ) بقلم : رمضان جربوع

( اتحاد المدونين الليبيين ) : صلاح الشيخي يتألم

( بيت ثقافة... بلا عمَدٍ ) بقلم : السنوسي بلاّلَه

( الله غير مسؤول ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( البرذعة..!! ) بقلم : محمد عمر حسين

Monday, 28 April, 2008: A day after Libya's U.N. deputy envoy compared Israel's actions in Gaza to those of the Nazis - sparking a walkout by several ambassadors - Ibrahim Dabbashi went a step further Thursday, telling reporters that Israel's policies were in fact "worse" than those of the Nazis in their concentration camps. Dabbashi's comments prompted Israel's U.N. ambassador, Dan Gillerman, to question's Libya's credentials to serve on the council, which comprises five permanent members and 10 temporary members without veto powers. It's not the first time Gillerman has done so since Libya's two-year term began in January. "This is what happens when the UNSC is infiltrated by terrorists," the Israeli envoy said on March 6, after Libya refused to support a statement condemning an Arab gunman's killing of eight Israeli seminary students in Jerusalem. [CNSNews]
Monday, 28 April, 2008: Nur Missuari, President of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), was liberated Friday evening, in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, by the Qadhafi Foundation for Development, a statement from the Philippines' Ministry of Information announced. The foundation's mediation followed the visit made 12 December 2007 to the Philippines by its president, Seif al-Islam Muammar al-Qadhafi. In the course of their various meetings, Qadhafi stressed the role of his institution in the establishment of unity between the various factions of the MNLF as a pre-condition for the achievement of peace in the Philippines. [Panapress]
Monday, 28 April, 2008: Libya's Al Nasr won the opener of the 21st Arab Clubs Championship that is held in Jordan. In the first game the team from Libya overcame Maghreb de Fes from Morocco 76:70. The latter started the campaign better taking 14:23 lead after the opening quarter. Moreover they controlled the game for three quarters, but Al Nasr had a fabulous last period to win the opener. Ellia Zolic led the winners with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Kowan collected 12 points and 5 assists, while Khaled Mohamad scored 12. [BIA]
( أيهما أهم؟؟ حماية النظام.. أم حماية الدين؟؟ ) بقلم : الشارف الغرياني المحامي

( صيد الخواطر الليبية (18) ) بقلم : صلاح عبدالعزيز

( قمر الصّيف ) شعر : محمد الشلطامي

( حكاوي ليبية (10) ) بقلم : طارق القزيري

( غـلطة؟ ) بقلم : محمد بن احميدة

Sunday, 27 April, 2008: Leptis Magna, a well-preserved outpost of an ancient empire, is slowly emerging from the desert sands alongside some of the Mediterranean's best - and emptiest - beaches. With its sandy beaches, therapeutic baths, extensive shopping, plentiful live entertainment and considerable architectural grandeur, Leptis Magna sounds like the ideal holiday destination. But it now lies partly buried under sands blown in from Libya's deserts, and few could find it on a map today. While most of the Mediterranean shoreline is thronged all summer long by Europe's beautiful and bronzed, the coastline at Leptis Magna near the modern Libyan town of Al-Khoms is largely empty of all but domestic visitors, and so is the town itself, despite being one of the largest and best-preserved Roman cities anywhere. But there's a growing realization in Libya that every foreign visitor who goes home speaking of quiet courtesy, a calm pace of life and spectacular yet curiously empty historic sites brings public-relations dividends to a country looking to emerge from long isolation. [The Gazette]
Sunday, 27 April, 2008: Malta's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Tonio Borg, this week visited Tripoli followed by a visit in Cairo. In Libya, oil exploration and immigrants were discussed with the Libyan Government. Further talks will be carried out in Malta in the coming weeks. Borg was also invited to visit the ongoing works at Smart Village in Cairo. International companies such as Vodafone, Hewlett Packard, Oracle and Microsoft have already set base in Cairo’s Smart Village. During a meeting with Egypt’s Foreign Affairs Minister, it was also confirmed that Egypt Air will commence two weekly direct flights to Malta in July. [DI-VE]
Newsweek: Destination Martyrdom     نيوزويك : وجهتهم الشهادة

( تركمانستان تلغي التقويم السنوي الغريب .. ) ترجمة : صالح بوطلاق

( طائر النورس .. قراءة في فيلم "رجل من ليبيا " ) بقلم : عبدالباسط أبوحميدة

( إتحاد المدافعين ) : مشروع قانون العقوبات الجديد تكريس جديد لإهدار الحريات..

( ثلاث صور.. للحب ) شعر : جيلاني طريبشان

Saturday, 26 April, 2008: The Bush administration is asking Congress to exempt Libya from a four-month-old law passed to help victims of terrorism collect court judgments from the nations that sponsored the attacks. The law applies to Libya, Iran, Cuba, North Korea, Syria and Sudan. It says plaintiffs with court judgments against any of those nations can seize whatever assets the country has in the U.S., or money the country pays U.S. companies that do business with it. Usually, it's hard to find either, given that these are nations that have been under economic sanctions for years. But as Libya has instituted reforms and moved away from its terrorist past, international and U.S. sanctions have lifted and U.S. companies have shaken hands with Libya ... Now those corporations, mostly oil companies, are getting notices from plaintiffs' lawyers that U.S. victims of Libyan- sponsored terrorism want the money Libya owes them, and the company's money would do just fine ... So far, Congress isn't letting Libya off the hook. And it isn't likely to, not until Libya pays its debt to the victims of the terror it sponsored back in the old days. [Bloomberg]
Saturday, 26 April, 2008: Throughout the month of March the various Secretaries of GPCs have been holding meetings to discuss the possibility and feasibility of privatizing the whole of the state sector. As a result, an intense debate has been going on amongst the Libyan public regarding the whole matter of privatization. It is the current policy of Libya to create new jobs for new graduates, start-ups and the unemployed, as well as reduce unemployment, shrink the state sector and encourage a culture of independence and enterprise. One sure way of achieving this is to hand over many state owned and run sectors to the private sector. Some businessmen are naturally rubbing their hands in anticipation of getting a good slice of the huge budgets that used to be directed to the state sector. However, many of the ordinary people on the streets - especially those with low incomes - are worried about the overnight removal of the whole of the state sector. [Tripoli Post]
Saturday, 26 April, 2008: The Libyan government has offered to send more peacekeepers to Mindanao to fill the vacancy to be created by the pullout of 21 Malaysian soldiers next month. Former Libyan Ambassador Salem Adam made the commitment during a visit to Manila earlier this week, and amid reports that Kuala Lumpur would cut by half its contingent in the international monitoring team that oversees the four-year-old ceasefire between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. A Palace source said Libya, together with Indonesia, would make good replacements for Malaysia, which no longer wants to extend the mandate of its delegation beyond August. Libya has a long history of brokering peace negotiations with Muslim secessionist groups, being a member of the Committee of the Six that facilitated talks with the Moro National Liberation Front that ended with the signing of a final peace agreement in 1996. Libya now has two members in the monitoring team. Malaysia has 50 soldiers, Brunei has 10, and Japan has a development worker. [Manilla Standard]
Saturday, 26 April, 2008: Amerada Hess has contracted Scan Geophysical to acquire around 4,000 km (2,485 mi) of 2D marine seismic offshore Libya. Scan is mobilizing its high-capacity 2D vessel M/V Geo Searcher for this job, which should get under way within the next few days. The vessel recently completed a large 2D program off Pakistan for another major oil company. During 2008-09, Scan plans to augment its fleet with one 3D vessel, built in 2002, and three new-build 10-streamer 3D vessels. [Penn Energy]
Saturday, 26 April, 2008: The workshop on the monitoring of scientific progress in the field of tools used for the measurement of radiation doses administered to cancer patients ended Thursday here after five days of proceedings. The workshop was organised by the Tripoli-based University Teaching Hospital, in collaboration with the Libyan Research Centre on renewable energy sources and water desalination and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Participants discussed ways to strengthen the capacities of physicists operating in radiotherapy services, favouring knowledge-and-data sharing and discussing the latest international experiments in these fields in a bid to improve health care for patients. Several international physicians, technicians and specialists from Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya and Libya took part in the workshop. [PanaPress]
( ذكريات مع جاب الله مطر (5) ) بقلم : ابراهيم صهد

( المواطنة ... في جماهيرية مهب الريح العظمى ) بقلم : صقر بلال

( قانون العقوبات الجديد.. لدغة ثانية رهيبة ) بقلم : الشارف الغرياني المحامي

عائلة أدريس أبوفايد ومحاميه : بيان بشأن الوضع الصحي للدكتور ادريس أبو فايد

( وظيفة بدون تقديم طلب! ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( هـل أنـت أسـد..!؟؟ ) بقلم : محمد عمر حسين

Friday, 25 April, 2008: Libya shut production two days ago from the Al-Jurf offshore oilfield operated by Total SA because of a ``technical problem,'' reducing its total output by 45,000 barrels a day, the North African nation's top oil official said. ``We expect to resume production in a week,'' said National Oil Corp. Chairman Shokri Ghanem in a telephone interview from Tripoli today. He declined to say what caused the shutdown. National Oil and BASF SE's unit Wintershall AG are Total's partners in the field located 100 kilometers (62 miles) off western Libya at a depth of 90 meters (295 feet), according to the Web site of the French company. National Oil has a 50 percent stake, Total 37.5 percent and Wintershall 12.5 percent, it said. Libya, a member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, is Africa's third-largest oil producer, behind Nigeria and Angola, with a daily output of 1.78 million barrels a day in March, according to Bloomberg estimates. Al-Jurf came on stream in September 2003 using ten wells connected to a floating storage platform, according to Total. [Bloomberg]
Friday, 25 April, 2008: Libya's deputy ambassador to the U.N. confirmed Thursday that he compared the situation in Gaza to Nazi concentration camps, but toughened his language and said matters are actually "worse" in Gaza. Ibrahim Dabbashi said Wednesday during a closed Security Council meeting that the situation in Gaza is as bad as concentration camps in Nazi Germany. The remarks led the U.S., Britain, France and others to walk out, a rare protest by members of the U.N.'s most powerful body against one of their own members. Dabbashi confirmed Thursday that he made the remarks and told reporters that the Israeli bombing has made the situation in Gaza worse than the camps where Adolf Hitler's regime murdered millions of Jews, Gypsies and others. "It is worse," he said. "It is more than what happened in concentration camps because ... there is the bombing, daily bombs, military bombs on Gaza." [AP]
Friday, 25 April, 2008: Yang Hyong Sop, vice-president of the Presidium of the DPRK [North Korea] Supreme People's Assembly, met and had a friendly talk with a delegation of the Secretariat of Foreign Ministry of Libya led by Secretary for Asian Affairs Mohamed Omar Albarani who paid a courtesy call on him at the Mansudae Assembly Hall on Thursday. Present there were Kim Hyong Jun, vice-minister of Foreign Affairs, and Abdelhafiz Misbah Bin Rabha, chief of the Economic Cooperation Bureau of Libya. [KCNA]
( المتكالبون.. ) بقلم : د. فتحي الفاضلي

( حذارى من فخ الدستور!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( آية الله القذافي يفتي للنصارى .. ) بقلم : الشارف الغرياني المحامي

( لجنة التضامن مع سجناء الرأي في ليبيا ) : نداء عـاجل

Thursday, 24 April, 2008: Libyan leader, Colonel Muammar al-Qadhafi on Wednesday evening received the Egyptian President Hosni Moubarak, who arrived earlier in the day for a visit to Libya. [Pana]
Thursday, 24 April, 2008: France on Wednesday led a walkout of Western envoys from a UN Security Council debate on the Middle East after Libya compared the situation in the besieged Gaza Strip to Nazi "concentration camps," diplomats said. One diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said France's UN Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert took off his earpiece and walked out, followed by his Western colleagues, after his Libyan counterpart Giadalla Ettalhi made the remarks. The incident occurred as the 15-member council was trying to agree on a compromise statement that would have highlighted the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza while also contributing positively to efforts to reach an Israeli-Palestinian settlement. South Africa's UN Ambassador D Kumalo, the council chairman this month, told reporters that members "could not agree" on the statement. [AFP]
Thursday, 24 April, 2008: Alcatel-Lucent will build a WiMax network in Libya costing 70 million dinars ($59.68 million) to bring wireless Internet to the north African country's towns and cities, company officials said on Wednesday. Work will begin immediately with the aim of launching the services for an estimated 300,000 users by the start of 2009, the officials said at a signing ceremony in Tripoli. "We aim to carry out this project in order to overcome the obstacles for network infrastructure inside cities," said Mohammed al-Qadhafi, head of Libya's state-owned General Telecomm Company and eldest son of Libyan leader Muammar al-Qadhafi. Years of sanctions left Libya with an outdated and undeveloped national infrastructure. Foreign governments and companies have been jostling for lucrative contracts there since the sanctions were lifted. [Reuters]
Thursday, 24 April, 2008: The Libyan general people's committee for external relat ions and international cooperation and the Albanian ministry of foreign affairs on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding on political dialogue in Tirana, the capital of Albania, a Libyan official said. It was signed at the end of a meeting between delegations of the two countries in the presence of the Secretary for European Affairs at the Libyan general people 's committee for external relations and international cooperation, Abdelati Labidi and the Albanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lulzim Basha. It is aimed at consolidating and promoting cooperation between the two countries in different fields in their common interest. The Albanian Prime Minister, Sali Berischa, lauded the Libyan leader, Muammar al-Qadhafi for his unflinching support to the Albanian people. [PanaPress]
( حمار الشيخ..!! ) بقلم : محمد عمر حسين

( السيرة النبوية (39) ) بقلم : د. علي محمد الصلابي

( قـلـق (6) ) بقلم : أمارير

Wednesday, 23 April, 2008: Researchers and academics will discuss on June 28 and 29 the meaning of the stable development at a conference to be held in Libya under the title 'Yes to development, if lasting', Al Jazeera.net reports today. The objective of the conference, organised by Gar Younis University of Benghazi, is to define the meaning of the stable and continuous development and to strengthen the relation and the cooperation between the different fields of knowledge in achieving development. The conference will focus on distances between economy, social and political sector in the interpretation of growth, the effort of some countries to conform to the most developed ones and the possibility to launch economic and social programmes in order that Libya progresses. President of the conference, Amer al-Affas, confirmed the importance of the theme underlying that there are different points of view regarding the lasting growth, a thing which makes the comparison indispensable. "The idea of stable development is not very widespread in Libya," Affas said. [ANSAmed]
Wednesday, 23 April, 2008: A lack of spare global output capacity means very little can be done to tame record high oil prices, the head of Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) Shokri Ghanem said on Tuesday. "Very little can be done by anyone, there is not enough spare capacity to help," he told reporters. "At a price of $115 everyone is producing what it can, equally there is no more demand either." Ghanem, also the head of Libya's OPEC delegation, reiterated that he saw enough oil supply to satisfy actual demand, but said that in his view uncertainty dominated the market. "The oil market is in a state of fear, if not panic," he said. "There is fear over speculation, volatility, wars, peak oil, there is fear for both consumers and producers, fear on both sides. "There is fear that demand could collapse and prices fall." "Prices will have to stay high in the long term to encourage exploration and production," he said, speaking on the sidelines of the International Energy Forum. [Reuters]
Wednesday, 23 April, 2008: Crude oil prices have surged above $117 a barrel in the US and Brent [crude] set a new record well over $114. Traders put that down to supply disruption worries and comments by OPEC as the cartel's members repeated that there is no need for them to raise output. Speaking at the International Energy Forum, taking place in Rome, Libya's oil minister, Shokri Ghanem, said: "We think that the supply is more than adequate, and we are seeing the figures published by different (institutions), not only OPEC and the IEA. All of them are publishing figures that are saying that the supply is more than the demand." OPEC also blames the weak dollar and market speculators buying oil to sell it on when the price rises. Last year the world's top producers where Saudi Arabia, followed by Russia, the United States and Iran. The leading consumers were the US, followed by the euro zone, China and Japan. [EoroNews]
Wednesday, 23 April, 2008: Enhancing its role as the number one car rental organization in the Middle East and North Africa, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, parent company of the Dollar Rent A Car and Thrifty Car Rental brands, announced its partnership with Aldawlia Rent a Car and its strategy to expand operations in Libya, with a new Thrifty Car Rental office opening this year at Tripoli International Airport. Tourism [in Libya] is on the rise, bringing increased demand for hotel accommodation and for vehicle capacity at airports such as Tripoli Int'l Airport. A multi-million dollar renovation of Libyan airports has recently been approved by the government to address additional demand. According to government sources, travel and tourism in Libya should increase by 20% by 2010. The new Thrifty office at Tripoli International Airport will include a rental fleet of saloon cars, pick-up trucks, mini-vans and buses, all of which are covered by comprehensive insurance. [AmeInfo]]
Wednesday, 23 April, 2008: Libyan Secretary for African Union Affairs, Dr Ali Triki , Monday held a working session with the Deputy Secretary General of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Sindiso Ngwenya, currently visiting Libya. The two used the opportunity to look into ways and means of consolidating cooper ation between COMESA member states and to review on-going preparations for the holding of the next summit of the regional grouping. Libya joined COMESA in 2006. The group is comprised of 20 members: Angola, Burundi, Comoros, DR Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Uganda , Rwanda, Seychelles, Sudan,Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. [Panapress]
Wednesday, 23 April, 2008: On Nairobi's Loita Street, the Libyan flag flies high atop the five-storey Embassy building, perhaps a sign of the country's passion to get a foothold in Kenya's oil and business sector. The stakes are high. Across the street is the Grand Regency Hotel, a landmark that symbolises greed, theft and corruption - the hallmark of the Kanu regime. The Libyans want the hotel as part of their bid to entrench themselves into Kenya's business sector and so do the Indians. Diplomatically, the Libyans have an upper hand - or so they believe. Last month, when the country was in the thick of a political stalemate, President Kibaki flew to Kampala to meet Libya's President Qadhafi who was commissioning a new mosque. In diplomacy circles, that was a signal that the Libyans have got to the heart of Kenya's presidency. Eight years after they re-opened an embassy in Nairobi - which was shut in 1987 after the Moi regime accused the embassy officials of espionage - the Libyan oil merchants want to have a footprint in the region and are keen to edge out competitors. [Business Daily]
( دع هبل فى منامه (1) ) بقلم : أبو أحمد

( مجنون بيده مدفع رشاش! ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( نهاية الكفاح المسلح في أمريكا اللاتينية ) بقلم : عمر الكدي

Tuesday, 22 April, 2008: Searing heat spread right to the Mediterranean shore of Libya in a heat wave that began last Saturday and carried on right through Monday. In Tripoli, baking offshore winds from the Sahara sent the temperature to 111F(43.8C) degrees, more than 40F(4.4C) degrees above normal. An eastward shift in the axis of the heat did allow Tripoli to cool as of Monday. Meanwhile, hot winds scorched Abu Njaym, where highs Saturday/Sunday were 112F (44.4C) degrees. It still reached a baking 109F(42.7C) degrees Monday. At Tobruk the heat was at its worst Monday, a day that topped out at 108 degrees amidst gusty winds. [AccuWeather]
Tuesday, 22 April, 2008: One by one, top executives of American oil companies met privately over the last year with Libya’s leader, Col. Muammar el-Qadhafi, often in his signature Bedouin tent, as they lined up contracts allowing them to tap into the country’s oil reserves. But now, the new allies are working Capitol Hill, trying to weaken a law that threatens those deals. The Libyan government, once a pariah, and the American oil industry have hired high-profile lobbyists, buttonholed lawmakers and enlisted help from the Bush administration, all in an effort to win an exemption from a law that Congress passed in January that is intended to ensure that victims of terrorist attacks are compensated. The law allows victims of state-sponsored terrorism to collect court judgments by seizing foreign assets in the U.S. or money from those governments held by American companies doing business with them. If Libya loses a half-dozen court cases still pending, $3 billion to $6 billion could be at stake, according to lawyers’ estimates. “Libya is the first country in history to come out and denounce weapons of mass destruction,” said Ali S. Aujali, Libya’s ambassador to the U.S. “We have worked very closely with the United States in recent years to fight terrorism. And now to be treated in this way, I feel like we are back to Square One.” But attorneys for victims of the attacks are eager to put pressure on Libya, which they argue has balked at fully paying some settlements and is still fighting over compensation in other cases. [NYTimes]
Tuesday, 22 April, 2008: President Vladimir Putin and Italian Prime Minister-elect Silvio Berlusconi on Friday rekindled ties by talking up a possible new bid by Aeroflot for troubled airline Alitalia and hinted that a gas deal between Gazprom and Italy’s Eni involving Libya could be in the cards. But the two men, old allies and friends, struggled to focus on business and political ties at a joint news conference that was overshadowed by Putin’s denial of a tabloid allegation about his private life. Putin was visiting Berlusconi on the island of Sardinia just days after the Italian media mogul’s victory in parliamentary elections. Putin arrived on the island late Thursday after completing a two-day trip to Libya, where he signed a raft of deals on debt, railways and energy. The meeting took place at Berlusconi’s luxury villa, where he has previously hosted Putin and his family. [SPTimes]
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( صفعة جديدة للمدافعين عن النظام ) بقلم : الشارف الغرياني المحامي

( مجلس التخطيط الوطني.. إلى اين؟ ) بقلم : اسعد العقيلي

( هل سيأكل النمل كل المجنب دون رقابة الشعب؟ ) بقلم : د. الهادي شلوف

( "أمارير الأفاك" يفترى الكذب من جديد ) بقلم : سالم بن عمار

Monday, 21 April, 2008: Libya is in talks with potential strategic investors in its oil refining and marketing arm Tamoil, now owned by the government-owned sovereign national fund, the head of Libya's National Oil Corporation Shokri Ghanem told Reuters on Sunday. "It (Tamoil) is now fully owned by the sovereign national fund, Libyan Investment Authority. They have to decide on whether to hold on to it or look for strategic investors," Ghanem said. When asked if talks were taking place with strategic investors, he replied: "Yes." Ghanem did not name those potential partners and said he was not aware of any deadline for the talks. Earlier this year, a deal to sell a 65 percent stake in Tamoil to U.S. based private investment firm Colony Capital LLC fell through. [Reuters]
Monday, 21 April, 2008: A French arms deal with Libya is causing strain between Paris and Berlin after it emerged that Sarkozy wants to sell Libyan dictator, Muammar al-Qadhafi, 12 Tiger combat helicopters, which are manufactured by the Franco-German Eurocopter. The German government wants to prevent the deal going ahead and has already expressed its reservations in private talks with the French. However, Sarkozy appears happy to ignore these concerns and Germany has no right to veto the project. According to an accord that was hammered out by the then German and French defence ministers, Helmut Schmidt and Michel Debre, in 1972, the partners cannot prevent each other from selling arms developed together to a third country. [Spiegel]
الساطور : ( أني أني.. )

( لَدَى نَجْلاَء ) شعر : صلاح الدين الغزال

( بأقلامهم : من وثائق البقايا ) بقلم : محمد قدري الخوجة

( أخبار ثلاثية الأبعاد ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( مظاهرة لندن ـ 17 ابريل 1984 ) تصوير : محمد مخلوف

( مجنون ليزا ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي     ( شيل السلام ) قصيدة : سليم الرقعي

Sunday, 20 April, 2008: Libya will soon shortlist three companies for a project to double capacity of a 120,000 bpd Zawia refinery, the head of Libya's OPEC delegation Shokri Ghanem said on Saturday. Ghanem said about six companies have applied for the project which includes setting up a 50-50 joint venture. "We will take a decision in the next two months," he told reporters on the sidelines of the Int'l Energy Forum in Rome. [Reuters]
Sunday, 20 April, 2008: Libya may support Italian oil major Eni's plan to offer its stake in Libya's Elephant field to Russia's Gazprom as part of their deal on swapping assets, Libya's top oil official said on Saturday. Eni Chief Executive Paolo Scaroni said earlier this week his group would offer Russia's gas giant a stake in the Elephant oil field in Libya. "Our relations are very cordial with Eni, and also with Gazprom. Relations with Scaroni and (Gazprom CEO Alexei) Miller are very friendly and diplomatic relations with both countries are very friendly," said the head of Libya's OPEC delegation Shokri Ghanem. "We will look at any proposal to come with a lot of interest and support," Ghanem told reporters on the sidelines of the Int'l Energy Forum in Rome. [Reuters]
Sunday, 20 April, 2008: The Egyptian Media Production City (EMPC) and the Libyan Jamahariya Broadcasting Corporation (LJBC) signed today a cooperation protocol in the media field. Under the protocol, the two sides will boost bilateral cooperation, benefiting from the EMPC's great potentials and expertise in the media field. The two sides also agreed on training a number of Libyan students to get acquainted with the state-of-the-art technology in the media field. EMPC board chairman Sayyed Helmi and LJBC secretary Abdullah Mansour signed the protocol, Mena news agency reports. The EMPC comprises 54 highly-equipped studios. [AnsaMed]
Sunday, 20 April, 2008: State-controlled Russian Railways has finalised a 2 billion euro contract with Libya to build a stretch of line from the cities of Sirte to Benghazi, the company's head said on Wednesday. Railways head Alexander Yakunin, speaking to reporters on a visit to Libya with Russian President Vladimir Putin, said the contract would be signed on Thursday. "The document is ready for signing," he added. The venture would take four years to complete and involve Libyan subcontractors, he said without elaborating. The coastal cities are more than 500 km apart. [Reuters]
Sunday, 20 April, 2008: The global economy can cope with rising crude prices, which may climb to as high as $120 a barrel in the coming week, Libya's top oil official said. ``For years we've been saying the era of cheap oil is over,'' Shokri Ghanem, chairman of Libya's National Oil Corp., said today in Rome before the International Energy Forum, which starts tomorrow. ``None of us thought it would reach $115 a barrel so quickly, so it could reach $120'' this week. The world economy ``has not reached the tipping point where it can't accept higher prices,'' Ghanem said. Crude oil futures have doubled in three years, touching a record $116.97 a barrel yesterday in New York. Member states of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries have said there's enough supply in the market and price gains are the result of speculation and a weak dollar. ``OPEC is not pricing oil, it's the futures markets,'' Ghanem said. ``We think supply is adequate.'' [Bloomberg]
Sunday, 20 April, 2008: OPEC has no plans to meet when oil ministers attend the Int'l Energy Forum in Rome from April 21-22, said the head of Libya's OPEC delegation Shokri Ghanem on Saturday. "There will be friendly talks as usual when we see each other, he said, adding "There are no plans for an official meeting." The forum will be attended by many OPEC oil ministers but OPEC President Chakib Khelil will not be there. On record high oil prices, which hit $117 a barrel on Friday, Ghanem said: "There is a possibility of still going higher." "It's a paradoxical situation -- there are increasing stocks and so on and supply is more than demand but there is a divorce between paper and physical," he added. [Reuters]
( أسئلة غريبة ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( غنـّي أمازيغي ما تخافيش.. ) عدسة : جلال عثمان

( المسير خلف فكرة تـقـليد الظل (5) ) بقلم : أمارير

( ذكريات مع جاب الله مطر (4) ) بقلم : ابراهيم صهد

تعزية إلى آل بن قداره

( تحديات العولمة... ودور المجتمع المدنى ) بقلم : د. محمد بالروين

تـاوالت : ( سجين الرأي الليبي فتحي الجهمي في عـيون الانسانية )

Saturday, 19 April, 2008: Libya is worried by rising world food prices which will result in a "very serious" trend towards monopolies in foodstuffs, Muammar al-Qadhafi said in remarks published on Thursday. The Libyan leader said his country, concerned to preserve international peace and security, would oppose any development of food monopolies. The mostly desert north African country is reliant on food imports for about 80 percent of its needs. "We are thinking about our peace and security. We are disturbed by the rising prices of food in the world. This will lead to a monopoly of foodstuffs by specific parties and this is very serious and must by confronted," the official Jana news agency quoted him as saying. The agency said Qadhafi was speaking on Wednesday evening at a dinner hosted in honour of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is on a visit to the country. Qadhafi added: "Unfortunately, world leaders who love peace and freedom have hopes that clash with the reality of those leaders who are against that." "We want peace and stability in the world, that big countries respect the smaller ones. We want cooperation for a better tomorrow for food, for water, for medicine and on climate change." [Reuters]
Saturday, 19 April, 2008: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday wrapped up his two-day visit to Libya, a "historic and strategic" one as his Libyan counterpart Qadhafi hailed. Russian media said Putin was "satisfied with the visit," the first by a Russian president to Libya, during which 10 deals were signed and the two leaders agreed to boost their political, economic and military cooperation. Putin's visit came at a time when Libya's ties with the United States, despite the improvement in recent years, are confronted with obstacles including the continued pressure from the United States. Although Libya and the United States reestablished diplomatic ties, they have not sent ambassadors to each other. Hailing Putin as "our great guest" in the welcome speech, Qadhafi said Libya hoped Russia would counter dominant force in order to realize international balance of power. During Putin's visit, the two leaders expressed their willingness to cooperate in the United Nations. [Xinhua]
Saturday, 19 April, 2008: Russian president Putin said on Friday that Gazprom hopes to gain access to Eni SpA's assets in Libya and other countries. 'Eni has gained access to assets in Russia and Gazprom hopes to have the respective contribution in third countries, like for example Libya,' he said in joint press conference with incoming Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. Eni chief executive Paolo Scaroni said on Thursday that Eni could swap assets with Gazprom in Libya, indicating the Elephant field. The field is 50 percent-owned by Libya's national oil company (NOC) while around two-thirds of the remaining 50 percent is owned by Eni. According to the Italian daily MF, Gazprom could be given about half of Eni's shareholding in Elephant. [Forbes]
Saturday, 19 April, 2008: Only a few years ago, Libya was a tourism dead zone. The country's links to the 1988 Lockerbie bombing led to over a decade of U.N. sanctions, making it almost impossible for foreigners to travel there. But the sanctions were lifted back in 2003, and now visitors are allowed back in to rediscover some of Libya's historical gems. One of the most precious is Ghadames, an old oasis town 380 miles (611 km) south of Tripoli. Until the 19th century, it was one of the principal trading posts of the Sahara, selling everything from ivory to incense to ostrich eggs. Beginning in the '70s, the locals largely abandoned the old town in favor of a new city with wide roads and air-conditioning; they only began returning a decade ago, after investment from the U.N. Development Programme helped to restore some of Ghadames' former charms. Today, it is possible to spend hours exploring the town's labyrinthine covered streets, venturing into dark alleys that end in ancient studded doors or wandering along sandy pathways that lead to pristine mosques. Tour guides can also take you into some of the houses, whose interiors are painted with intricate red patterns and hung with colorful mirrored cloth. Here visitors are often invited to enjoy a hearty meal of camel stew. [Time]
( الحُرّية... وخَضَراء الدِمن ) بقلم : السيّدة ستار

( ديمقراطية أأأمين... ياحبيب؟! ) بقلم : د. ولد البحر

( عودة الكونت دي مونت "برلسكوني" ) بقلم : عمر الكدي

( القبائل الليبية (2) ) بقلم : ماصر الجادوي

Friday, 18 April, 2008: A report issued by the U.S. State Department has expressed concern that al-Qaida could stage a revival in Libya. U.S. intelligence hasn't detected a specific threat by al-Qaida in Libya, but officials said the intelligence community determined a group called "al-Qaida Organization" was seeking to form operational and sleeper cells in Libya, Med Basin Newsline reported Thursday. "The potential for an attack against U.S. interests by the newly merged ... entity constitutes the most serious terrorist threat to U.S. interests and personnel in Libya," a State Department report said. The report, "Libya 2008 Crime & Safety Report," said the organization -- created by the merger of al-Qaida and the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group in 2007 -- is believed to be preparing to target the West's presence in Libya, focusing on crude oil fields. "U.S. Embassy Tripoli reminds all Americans to maintain a high level of vigilance with regard to their personal security and to remain aware of local developments," the report said. [UPI]
Friday, 18 April, 2008: Russia agreed on Thursday to write off $4.5 billion worth of Libya's Cold War-era debt in return for military and civilian contracts between the north African country and Russian companies, officials said. The deal was one of 10 trade, investment and political agreements reached during a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin, the first by a Kremlin leader to the OPEC member since 1985. "I am satisfied by the way we have solved the debt problem," Putin told reporters. "I am convinced we found a scheme which will benefit both the Russian and Libyan economies and the Russian and Libyan people." "The deal will not only employ Russian defence enterprises but will also help strengthen Libya's defences," Putin said. [Reuters]
Friday, 18 April, 2008: Russian gas monopoly Gazprom and Libya's state energy conglomerate National Oil Corporation (NOC) signed a memorandum of cooperation on Thursday, officials said. There was no immediate word on the provisions on the accord. Gazprom has said it plans to set up a joint venture with NOC to advance its activities in the country. Gazprom obtained an upstream foothold in Libya when it acquired four offshore exploration licences in 2006. The company acquired another three licences in the country in December 2007 ... The largest single commercial deal signed during Putin's trip was a 2.2 billion euro ($3.48 billion) contract for state-controlled Russian Railways to build a stretch of line from the cities of Sirte to Benghazi. [Reuters]
Friday, 18 April, 2008: Libya welcomes the idea of creating an OPEC-like group of gas-exporting countries, Libyan leader Qadhafi told Russian President Putin, the official Jana news agency reported on Thursday. "We support the idea of establishing an organisation of gas producing and exporting countries modelled on the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)," it quoted Qadhafi as saying. "I think gas producing countries have begun to respond to this idea, this call, and consultations will start between us to realise it," he said in a speech at a dinner hosted in honour of Putin, who is on a visit to Libya. Turning to oil, Qadhafi added that oil producing countries had a duty "to do something to help countries affected by the price hikes, particularly the African countries." Some gas exporting countries are exploring the idea of turning an informal club of major gas exporting nations into a more formal organisation with an OPEC-like charter. [Reuters]
Friday, 18 April, 2008: It owes hundreds of workers in Nigeria and Bulgaria their salaries, and it now emerges that Global Steel Holdings Ltd’s Indian hires in Libya are also facing delays in salary payments. Meanwhile, some two dozen Indian executives in Nigeria have declared a self-imposed “house arrest” to demand full settlement of their arrears. A fortnight ago, the new Nigerian government cancelled Global Steel’s contract to run a steel plant and mine iron ore in the country’s central region that had been issued by the earlier government. On 2 April, Mint reported that the Indian government had been unsuccessfully trying to reach Global Steel promoter Pramod Mittal to answer workers’ claims that they had not been paid. In Libya, salary dues to the 120-odd Indian workers have piled up by some five months, employees confirmed in interviews with Mint. [LM]
( فصل الخطاب في بيان مخالفة فلم الرسالة للصواب (2) ) بقلم : المحمودي

( في ظلال التعازي ) بقلم : عبدالله الشبلي

( حمد طقطق.. سيرة رجل ونقابي بارز ) بقلم : عثمان العالم

جلال عثمان : ( قناة "الحرّة" : مهرجان الربيع بنالوت )

تعازي إلى آل المسماري

Thursday, 17 April, 2008: President Vladimir Putin plans to oversee the signing of deals worth more than $10 billion on a trip to Libya aimed at grabbing a slice of a market opening up to the world after years of sanctions, his spokesman said. Putin shook hands with with Libyan leader Qadhafi in front of his former central Tripoli home, which has been kept in ruins since it was bombed by U.S. aircraft in 1986. "The main point of the visit is to compensate for losses our bilateral relations suffered during the sanctions, which we observed strictly, in contrast with some Western competitors," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. The former outcast state, whose oil and gas riches earned it more than $40 billion in 2007, is now aggressively courted by Western companies seeking contracts from big state infrastructure projects aimed at modernizing Libya's rundown public services. Putin was to hold talks with Gadhafi at a dinner Wednesday and on Thursday and oversee the signing of a political declaration and an accord on investment guarantees, Russian officials said. [Moscow Times]
Thursday, 17 April, 2008: Russia is going to apply the “Algerian scheme” drawing up contracts on military supplies to Libya, which envisages the importer’s debt relief, with the purchase of Russian goods (arms, in the first place) made at the sum that is at least equal to the debt value. Russia’s Finance Ministry and some experts were critical of this aspect of the 2006 Algerian agreements in their time. Nonetheless, the Algerian experience proves that this scheme has been quite an efficient tool of promoting Russian arms in the markets traditionally occupied by the Soviet Union but lost in the 1990s for some certain reasons. This mechanism’s performance can be compared with another marketing windfall widely used in the 1990s. Russian military supplies for debt relief allowed Moscow to retain its presence in the markets of Central and Eastern Europe, entering the new South Korean market at the same time. More to the point, by the time a packet deal was made March, 2006, the value of the contracts (some $7 bln) had far exceeded the debt to be relieved. In 2007 Algeria placed new orders worth several million dollars, so now Algeria’s stock of contracts is twice as big as its debt. [Kommersant]
Thursday, 17 April, 2008: Russia's Gazprom is interested in some projects in Libya, including the construction of a gas pipeline from Libya to Italy and in the work on North African markets, Gazprom head Alexei Miller said. "As for the gas pipeline from Libya to Sicily, this project is being implemented already by ENI," Miller said in Tripoli on Wednesday. "Currently a gas pipeline to Sicily has been constructed on the seabed and it has a capacity for pumping 5 billion cubic meters annually, and a second pipeline with twice the capacity is planned. Gazprom is interested in this project," he said. The company is also interested in the work in third countries, he said. Libya African Investment Portfolio could become the Gazprom operator in the region, that is in the countries of North Africa. Gazprom is also interested in building a gas pipeline Nigeria- Algiers-Europe, he said. [Interfax]
Thursday, 17 April, 2008: Russia and Libya have agreed that Tripoli will repay Moscow $4.6 billion in outstanding Soviet-era debt, Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said on Wednesday. "The amount of the debt has been fixed at $4.6 billion," Kudrin said told journalists in Tripoli. Moscow had earlier put the debt at about $3.5 billion. Tripoli said in the 1990s that Russia also had an outstanding debt to Libya. Russia's outgoing president, Vladimir Putin, arrived in Tripoli on Wednesday for a two-day visit at the invitation of the country's leader, Muammar Qaddafi, who referred to the Russian leader's visit as "timely" during their opening conversation. During the visit, the sides could sign arms contracts worth $3 billion, a Russian leading business daily, Vedomosti, reported earlier this week. The newspaper said citing a Defense Ministry official that Russia wants to sell 12 of the latest Su-35 Flanker multi-role fighter and Tor-M2E short-range missile systems, and to offer spare parts and maintenance services for Soviet-era military hardware. [RIA Novosti]
Thursday, 17 April, 2008: Sudan and Libya signed an agreement in the area include the implementation of the borderline road linking Dongola-Owainat and Owainat-El Fasher sectors. The memorandum of understanding was signed today by the visiting Libyan minister of communication and transport and the Sudanese Minister of Transport and roads. The two sides agreed to cooperate in all areas of rehabilitation of infrastructure and promotion of investment in railways in addition to the development of maritime transport and ports. [ST]
المؤتمر الليبي للأمازيغية : بيان بمناسبة الذكرى السنوية ليوم الامازيغية في ليبيا

( ربيع بلادي ) بقلم : فتحي العكاري

( تاريخكم الأسود خير شاهد! ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( ذكريات مع جاب الله مطر (3) ) بقلم : ابراهيم صهد

Wednesday, 16 April, 2008: At least 1,200 people were executed in 2007 and many more were killed by the state, in secret, in countries including China, Mongolia and Viet Nam. The figures come from Amnesty International's yearly statistics, Death Sentences and Executions in 2007, issued on Tuesday, which say that at least 1,252 people were executed in 24 countries and at least 3,347 people were sentenced to death in 51 countries. The figures also show an increase in executions in a number of countries. Iran executed at least 317 people, Saudi Arabia 143 and Pakistan 135 – in comparison to 177, 39 and 82 executions respectively in 2006. Eighty-eight per cent of all known executions took place in five countries: China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the USA. Saudi Arabia had the highest number of executions per capita, followed by Iran and Libya. [One World]
Wednesday, 16 April, 2008: This week Russian president will visit Libya to discuss Libyan debt to the former USSR. The Russian president will visit Libya on 16-17 April at the invitation of Libyan leader Muammar al-Qadhafi. The Russian authorities say that Libya and Russia have some financial problems, but the sides are holding an active dialogue. The main issue for the coming negotiations will be Lybian debt to the former USSR. The Ministry of Finance deny to call the sum, while the negotiations are being held. But as it was reported earlier only by the first January 2006 Libyan debt was about USD 3,5 billion. [Russia-IC]
تعزية إلى آل القوزقو

( لجنة التضامن مع سجناء الرأي في ليبيا ) : شكر وتقدير

( كيس الحلوى ..!! ) بقلم : محمد عمر حسين

الساطور : ( كفايـة )

( ردّا على تقوّلات بويصير ) بقلم : الشارف الغرياني المحامي

( ضرورة الديمقراطية ) بقلم : مجاهد البوسيفي

Tuesday, 15 April, 2008: President Vladimir Putin will become the first Russian leader to visit Libya when he arrives in the country Wednesday at the invitation of its leader Qadhafi. Less than a month before he leaves office, Putin will fly to Libya for two days of talks likely to be dominated by discussions on energy cooperation, debt negotiations and a potential major arms deal. The Kremlin did not give details of what Putin would be discussing, but last month he told State Duma deputies that a possible visit to Libya was in the pipeline to iron out a "financial problem" with the country. Last week Gazprom said it was in talks with its Italian partner, Eni, about a potential asset swap involving projects in Libya. The announcement followed a meeting between Eni chief executive Paolo Scaroni and Gazprom head Alexei Miller with Putin in Moscow and heightened EU fears over its increasing dependency on Russian gas supplies. A spokesman for Gazprom could not say Monday whether Putin would be discussing further involvement for the state-run company in Libya. [Moscow Time]
Tuesday, 15 April, 2008: Libya has played a significant role in the history of the hydrocarbon industry, and, today it is reasserting its historical position. Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC), under the Chairmanship of Dr. Shokri Ghanem, has led an ambitious and highly successful programme to expand the country's oil and gas reserves and production - through creating significant new opportunities for investment: Bilateral agreements have been concluded with ENI, Shell, BP, and ExxonMobil and four transparent exploration licensing rounds have been held - resulting in over 40 new licenses being granted to international companies since 2005. Existing exploration and production contracts have also been renegotiated, extending their period to enable the application of new technologies to further develop reserves, while adjusting their terms to reflect the current environment. The expansion of investment in Libya's Oil and Gas potential has certainly been timely, with the ongoing worldwide debate on the challenges of energy supply and demand and the associated impact on the environment. [LN]
Tuesday, 15 April, 2008: Washington, D.C., lawyer Thomas Fay has spent years hounding the Libyan government for money on behalf of victims of terrorist attacks. Now he's hoping to collect -- from American companies. Fay has sent letters to 13 brand-name corporations, including Exxon Mobil and Chevron, notifying them that if he wins his case against Libya, he'll be coming after them. He has even sent one to White & Case, the law firm that recently signed on to defend Libya. The gambit stems from a change in the law meant to make it easier for plaintiffs to secure judgments and collect from countries found responsible for sponsoring terrorist attacks. Until recently, those who had prevailed in court had few options for collecting. But on Jan. 28, President Bush signed a bill amending the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act to allow plaintiffs to seek any asset owned by the terrorist-sponsoring country in reach of American courts, including frozen accounts or property managed by others. The amendment also permits victims to request punitive damages and eliminates some avenues for appeal. Under the new law, plaintiffs with pending cases had 60 days to file or refile claims. [Legal Times]
Tuesday, 15 April, 2008: Russia may export a large amount of armaments and military hardware to Libya, a defense industry source told Interfax-AVN. "A set of contracts on exports of Russian aircraft, anti-aircraft missile systems, naval and army weaponry to Libya may be signed in the near future. All the technical and financial formalities have been coordinated. The total cost of the contracts may exceed $2.5 billion," he said. There are no impediments to weaponry exports to Libya, as the UN sanctions have been lifted long ago. According to unofficial information, Libya may buy several squads of Russia's advanced anti-aircraft missile systems S-300 PMU2 Favorite, about 20 anti-aircraft missile systems Tor-M1 and Buk-M1-2. Tripoli also wants to buy two squads of aircraft, one of the Mikoyan MiG-29 SMT and one of Sukhoi Su-30 MK, as well as several dozen Mil Mi-17, Mi-35 and Kamov Ka-52 helicopters, submarines of the 636 series, warships and other armaments. It is planned to sign contracts on the modernization of Soviet-made weaponry. Nearly 90% of Libyan armaments were made in the former Soviet Union. All in all, the former USSR supplied $4.6 billion worth of military products to Libya, including nearly 350 jets - 130 MiG-23 fighter jets, 70 MiG-21, six Su-24 bombers and six Tu-22 bombers. [Interfax]
Abdelrazeg al-Mansouri : The Impossible Democracy In Libya

( قصة حياة الخبز وموت "التنور" ) بقلم : حسين ارحومة

كتاب ( البديل السياسي في ليبيا ) تأليف : د. فتحي الفاضلي (17)

محمد مخلوف : ( صفحات من كتاب "مصطفى البركي... عاشق ليبيا" )

( اللجنة التنفيذية ـ المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية ) : من وثائق وأوراق المؤتمر

( قراءة نقدية لحديث "النساء ناقصات عقل.." (5) ) بقلم : د. عبدالحكيم الفيتوري

موسى 1274 : ( شركة الفجر الجديد : مسلسل "السوس" (1) )

Monday, 14 April, 2008: Libyan military delegation met with top military leaders and defense firms in South Korea for a week from March 20, a government source said. A Libyan Defense Ministry delegation led by a two-star general in charge of procurement visited South Korea, calling on Defense Minister Lee Sang-hee and Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) Commissioner Yang Chi-kyu, and visiting about 10 defense firms. It was the first time since the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1980 that Libya has sent a military delegation to South Korea. The government source said, "The Libyan delegation apparently sought cooperation with Korea in the defense industry. I understand that since it normalized relations with the U.S., Libya has been seeking to purchase weapons from various countries." [Chosun]
Monday, 14 April, 2008: Ukraine's President Viktor Yushchenko says his country will pump Libyan oil following an agreement with the Libyan leader Qadhafi. Yushchenko told Ukrainian ICTV on Sunday, "We want Ukraine to produce its own oil in Libya. We have reached an agreement with Qadhafi that one of the four oil fields - which were given to Ukraine in 2003 and which it has lost since -- will be returned to Kiev." Yushchenko went on to add that Qadhafi will be traveling to Ukraine later this year, and that the construction of a refinery in the Ukraine by Libya would be discussed during the visit, AFP reported. Yushchenko made his first official visit to Libya last week amid tense relations with Russia which supplies a large part of the gas needed in Ukraine. Kiev has been trying to tap other energy sources notably in oil-rich Libya. [Press TV]
Monday, 14 April, 2008: American failure to promote democracy appears to be a pattern .... Libya is another example. Fearing Washington's wrath before during and after the removal of Saddam Hussein, Libya's perennial maximum leader Qadhafi dismantled his non-conventional weapons programs and suspended the use of terrorism. The U.S. was in a strong position to pressure Qadhafi to liberalize his country and in Fathi El Jahmi, Libya's leading human rights activist, it had a natural ally. Indeed, U.S. pressure led in 2004 to Jahmi's release from prison. But Jahmi's new-found freedom last only two weeks. His re-incarceration and the absence of any Libyan move towards democracy did not prevent the Bush Administration in 2006 from resuming full diplomatic ties with Libya. Today, Gaddafi still exercises sole, despotic dominion in Libya and Jahmi rots in prison. [HNN]
Monday, 14 April, 2008: Ghana were the most impressive winners and Libya the surprise package in the first qualifying round of the inaugural African Nations Championship on Sunday. Emmanuel Banahene scored the goals in Niamey as Ghana defeated Niger 2-0, the same margin by which they won the first leg in a competition restricted to footballers based in their country of birth. Banahene plays for national title contenders Heart of Lions from the remote northern town of Kpandu and team-mates John Boye and Dominic Adiyiah scored the first-leg goals in Ghana two weeks ago. Youthful Libya, given little chance in the Tunisian Mediterranean resort of Sousse after being held 1-1 at home, forced a similar result at the base of African club champions Etoile Sahel and won the penalty shootout. [FIFA]
تعزية إلى آل دربوك

الساطور : ( مؤسسة القذافي للتنمية )

( مصير معمر القذافي أيضا ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

جديد موقع "مقهى لبدة" : موسيقى وأغاني ليبية

( الأمازيغـيّة ، محنةُ من لا يدري ) بقلم : أمارير

( قصة فتحي الجهمي على ضوء رسائله ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

Sunday, 13 April, 2008: Colonel Qadhafi of Libya once said the western style of democracy is not suitable for Africa. Recent events in Zimbabwe may lead one to reasonably think that the colonel’s unfortunate statement makes some sense. Zanu (PF) seems to believe it has a God-given right to rule Zimbabwe. Before the elections the supposedly outgoing President Robert Mugabe said any vote for the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) was a wasted vote. It now looks as though he meant what he said - or said what he meant. [Business Day]
Sunday, 13 April, 2008: Sahara Bank, in liaison with its strategic partner BNP Paribas, held its first “Trade Finance Conference” in Tripoli on 9 April 2008. The conference presents the expertise available from the two partners and provides a forum to share best practices and discuss the many opportunities now available for the Libyan corporate sector. Reflecting the growing weight of international transactions in Libya, Sahara and BNP Paribas will organize additional conferences in 2008, focused on strengthening the competitiveness and profitability of Libyan companies in national and international markets. With these conferences, Sahara and BNP aim to add value to the development of the Libyan corporate sector. The conference was divided in two parts: an overview of the international trade market, and a closer look at specific trade finance issues. [The Financial]
Sunday, 13 April, 2008: At the end of the Association of the African Ombudsman and Mediators (AOMA) 2nd general assembly in Tripoli, the organization has declared that it had decided to choose Libya to host its head office. The Libyan capital, Tripoli, will also host the meeting of the AOMA Executive Council in November. The 2nd Conference of AOMA affirmed, in recommendations issued in Tripoli, the importance of the distribution of institutions of the Organization in the regions of the African continent and urged its members to work for the definition of the role of the AOMA. The proceedings of the 2nd general assembly of AOMA had started in Tripoli under the theme, "For greater cooperation with a view to promoting the dignity of the African". [Alarab OnLine]
Sunday, 13 April, 2008: The Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the municipality of Sebha (South Libya) and the town of Gafsa (Southwest Tunisia) signed, in Tripoli, an agreement during the joint Libyan-Tunisian economic meeting, which took place as part of the manifestations of the 37th edition of the international Fair of Tripoli. This agreement aims at consolidating the bilateral co-operation between the two countries in the various economic fields through the exchange of information, and visits, the support of investors and the organization of common fairs. The joint Libyan-Tunisian Chamber of Commerce was created in 1988. Since that date, it has worked to support the economic operatives so as to encourage them to invest while notifying them on the decisions and legislations governing the various economic activities between Tripoli and Tunis. [Alarab OnLine]
عيسى عبدالقيوم ( فى ذكرى إسقاط الطائرة.. لقاء مع الأستاذ محمد بويصير (2) )

( بعد خمس سنوات على الغزو.. العراق ليس اليابان ) بقلم : عمر الكدي

( المفقود ما بين التهريج والحضارة ) بقلم : أبو أحمد

( الحق المبين فى عـقائد السنوسيين (7) ) بقلم : محمد الصادق

Saturday, 12 April, 2008: At least 36 people were killed on Friday when a bus in which they were travelling collided with a car outside Tripoli, the official news agency Jana quoted the Interior Ministry as saying. Nine other passengers were injured, it said, adding that the dead and the injured were from several foreign countries. The bus hit the car coming from the opposite direction and then veered off the road and plunged into a river near Mazda town, Jana said. The authorities blamed reckless driving for the accident, it added. [Reuters]
Saturday, 12 April, 2008: Russian gas major Gazprom and Italian energy major Eni are planning to construct a natural gas pipeline from Libya to Southern Europe, spanning the Mediterranean Sea, according to the Int'l Herald Tribune (IHT). IHT reported that Gazprom and Eni are interested in developing the pipeline project in a bid to diversify supply sources, but could also mean more Gazprom influence in the European energy matrix. Analysts are reportedly looking at Gazprom's ambitions in North Africa as part of a double-pronged approach to dominate the European energy market, with plans to build an elaborate network of gas pipelines in Southeastern and Northern Europe. Gazprom has acquired exploration and development licenses in Libya in 2007, and is contemplating an investment of $300 million over 2009, in the gas pipeline project it is planning with Eni. [EBR]
Saturday, 12 April, 2008: Libyan leader Qadhafi, also chairman of the Sahel Saharan States Community (CEN-SAD), received Beninese President Yayi Boni, an official Libyan source told PANA. The two leaders examined several African issues and the Beninese President briefed his Libyan host on the preparations of the 10th summit of heads of state of CEN-SAD slated for late May in Cotonou, the Beninese capital. Present at the audience was secretary of the Libyan Prime minister Dr Baghdadi Mahmoudi, the secretary-general of the CEN-SAD, Mohamed Al-Madani Al-Azhari and the delegation that accompanied the Beninese President. President Boni declared that he came to Libya to exchange views with Qadhafi in accordance with his role at the African level. [PANA]
Saturday, 12 April, 2008: A parliamentary watchdog group quizzed the head of Germany's foreign intelligence service BND on Wednesday about the secret training of Libyan security forces by off-duty policemen. Ernst Uhrlau answered questions posed by members of the parliamentary control panel, which met in a closed-door session to examine the sensitive matter. An army sergeant and more than two dozen active or former members of an elite German police unit conducted training seminars in Libya between 2005 and 2006 while moonlighting for a private security firm. Interior Ministry state secretary August Hanning was also grilled about the training, which came at a time when Libya was emerging from its status as a pariah state. The head of the control panel, Thomas Oppermann, said Monday's questioning had shown the BND had shadowed the operation but was not actively involved in it. [Earth Times]
Saturday, 12 April, 2008: Al-Ahli of Tripoli is currently on top Libyan football league after it trounced Al-Soukour, 3-0 during the 22nd round of matches played last weekend. [PANA]
( أحلم بوطن! ) بقلم : رمضان جربوع

( تاوالت ) : في لقاء زوارة.. مشادة كلامية عاصفة بين ناشط أمازيغي وسيف القذافي

دعوة من أجل ترشيح المناضل الليبي فتحي الجهمي لجميع جوائز حقوق الانسان الدوليه

Friday, 11 April, 2008: The Libyan government of Muammar al-Qadhafi has been working toward normalized relations with the United States, a turnaround that stands to benefit both countries. Unfortunately, that progress is in danger of being derailed because of Qadhafi's hesitation to free an ailing critic of the regime whom Libyan authorities had promised to release from incarceration in a psychiatric hospital. The outspoken Fathi al-Jahmi (photo), a former provincial governor, has been in custody for four years. His transgression? Calling for democracy and a free press, and for openly deriding Qadhafi's cult of personality. The last time he was a free man, in March 2004, Jahmi said of Libya's supreme leader: "All that is left for him to do is hand us a prayer carpet and ask us to bow before his picture and worship him." This kind of impertinence may be displeasing to the Libyan leader, but Jahmi has already paid too high a price for speaking his mind. He has been separated from his family, and has developed multiple health problems in custody. Doctors from Physicians for Human Rights and Human Rights Watch were recently allowed to visit with him and reported that although he needs medical care and medications, he is able to be treated on an outpatient basis. [The Int'l Herald Tribune]
Friday, 11 April, 2008: The Libyan officer tried to cloak the purpose of his call to the Italian arms dealer. "A friend," he said, wanted to buy 1 million «pieces» and 50 million items of "food". But when that phone call was placed in 2006, Italian police were listening. They knew the meaning. Libya was shopping for guns - lots of them. Authorities shadowed the negotiations between Libyan officials and a group of black-market dealers from across Italy for a year before they moved in and broke up what would have been a US$64 million deal for hundreds of thousands of Chinese-made assault rifles. The case, detailed in documents obtained by The Associated Press, raises questions about whether Libya, a country eagerly shedding its reputation as a sponsor of terrorism, is still surreptitiously supporting suspect groups and regimes. The investigation also underscores the Italian underworld's role as a go-between for illegal arms deals. The court papers say at least part of the shipment was expected to go to other countries, and experts believe likely destinations were African countries including war-torn Chad and Sudan, where killings of civilians are widespread. Libyan officials did not respond to questions from the AP about the allegations. Italian prosecutors say the deal involved hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks to senior Libyan officials. Italy was a natural place for them to shop. [AP]
Friday, 11 April, 2008: The Tuniso-Libyan co-operation, the prospects for its development and the impulse of the process of integration and economic complementarity between the two countries, were discussed by Mr. Ridha Touiti, Tunisian Minister of Commerce and Craft Industry, during his two-day visit to Libya, at the time of the international Fair of Tripoli. The Tunisian minister discussed with Abdelaziz El Issaoui, Secretary of the General People’s Committee for the economy, Trade and Investment, the positive evolution of trade exchanges between the two countries and the means that may consolidate the bilateral partnership in the field of investment. The two officials also evoked the preparations for the organization of a joint Tuniso-Libyan fair in Abidjan (Ivory Coast), during April 2008. Tackling the status of trade co-operation in the Arab region, the two parts underlined the advance of the setting up of the great Arab zone of free trade. [Alarab Online]
Friday, 11 April, 2008: Algerian detainees in Libyan prisons have announced starting a hunger strike as by next Saturday, while requiring meeting the Algerian Ambassador and the General Consul as well as the Libyan Justice Minister and representatives of local charity associations. The prisoners said in a communiqué, of which El Khabar got a copy, they are determined leading their hunger strike until their demands are met. The prisoners made sure transmitting their hunger notice to the Libyan Justice Minister, saying they are a group of prisoners being detained in Libyan prisons, including detainees in El Djadida central prison located in the capital city Tripoli. They indicated they target to meet Justice Minister to discuss privately their issue with the presence of the Algerian Ambassador and the General Consul as well as representatives of al-Qadhafi international charity and development association and Waatasemu charity association. Otherwise, the prisoners said they will not back on their non-limited hunger strike decision. [El Khabar]
Friday, 11 April, 2008: The distance between the Molise region and Libya is shortening, thanks to a medical-scientific project for the improvement of the healthcare standards of the North African country. Within this project, which envisages the construction of a clinic for treatment of tumours in Libya, a delegation of Libyan medics and entrepreneurs is on a visit today at Neuromed in Pozzilli (Isernia), as Molisés IRCCS institute has been selected as a "model of excellence of the Italian healthcare". The delegation is led by surgeon Kenshil Abdulla Youssef, who specialised in Canada and is associate professor at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. The highlights of the visit will be two. The first one at the Neuromed clinic and then at Neuromed's technologic park where the researchers are working to offer better living expectations to the people affected by neurological diseases such as Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. [AnsaMed]
Friday, 11 April, 2008: Ukraine and Libya secured an agreement to resume oil and gas exploration and production activities in Libya, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko said. "We have agreed that we will resume the exploration and production of oil and gas" in Libya, Yushchenko said in Tripoli Tuesday following his two-day official visit. A working group will be set up to make proposals for resuming this work, he said. "What counts most is that we have received the political go-ahead to revert to the projects that were planned five years ago and have not been implemented," Yushchenko said. The Ukrainian national energy provider Naftogaz Ukrainy has failed to join the implementation of these projects "through bureaucrats' fault," he said. [UPI]
( مؤسسة القذافي : أين هي من حقوق الإنسان؟ ) بقلم : محمد بن احميدة

( الجبهة الوطنية لأنقاذ ليبيا ) : بيان إلى القوى الوطنية في الداخل والخارج

( الإجابات..!! ) بقلم : محمد عمر حسين

( تحت التعذيب... ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( الديمقراطية المستحيلة في ليبيا ) بقلم : عبدالرازق المنصوري

Thursday, 10 April, 2008: Germany's government was due to face lawmakers' questions Wednesday on whether it knew about the training Libyan security forces received from German experts. So far, Berlin has denied knowing that German soldiers or federal police officers took time out from their jobs to train elite bodyguards assigned to Libyan leader Qadhafi. A German parliamentary commission was scheduled to question the government Wednesday. The German Embassy in Libya knew about the training, which is seen as controversial because Tripoli has in the past used its security forces to strike down internal opposition. Eight members of a special police unit in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia are under investigation; one police officer has already confirmed he trained Libyan security forces in 2005 and 2006. The affair may widen: State officials have announced they will review the last few years of vacation records of their police forces. [MeTimes]
Thursday, 10 April, 2008: The Court of Appeal in London Wednesday blocked two separate orders to extradite two terror suspects to Libya and another convicted terrorist to Jordan, citing concerns that they would face torture and be denied a fair trial. The ruling overturned a February 2007 decision by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission to deport Islamic cleric Abu Qatada to Jordan, but upheld an April 2007 ruling that two Libyan terror suspects could not be deported to Libya. The UK has signed agreements with Jordan and Libya under which those countries guaranteed that deportees would not face abuse on their return, but the court ruled that those agreements, much maligned by rights groups, were insufficient. The British government says it will continue to push for the extraditions. Bloomberg has more. BBC News has additional coverage. [Jurist]
Thursday, 10 April, 2008: The first contract between Arabsat and the Libyan General Post and Telecom Co., was for the Libyan company to use four satellite channels for five years, official sources in Rabat said. The contract would enable the Libyan company to meet its current and future needs in the fields of satellite communication, televised broadcasting and fixed satellite services. The contract signed with the Sudanese Telecom Company, Soudasat, is aimed at equipping the latter with sufficient capacities and services extended to both internal and external levels. Arabsat, which launched three satellites in 1984, 1985 and 1992, will soon launch its new satellite, Badr VI, as part of a strategy regarding the launch of a satellite by the year 2012. [Afrik]
( مؤسسة القذافي.. بيان حقوقي أم سياسي مغرض!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( لجنة التضامن ) : بيان صحفي بخصوص سجين الرأي د. ادريس بوفايد

( جمعية حقوق الإنسان ـ مؤسسة القذافي ) : بيان بشأن د. ادريس بوفايد

كتاب جديد : ( تحريك حروف العلة ) تأليف : أمارير

( نادي الشخصية ) بقلم : بوزيد لهلالي

Wednesday, 9 April, 2008: Libyan authorities released on Tuesday 90 members of an Al Qaeda-affiliate from a Tripoli prison after they denounced violence, a government-backed charity said. The released were members of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) which purportedly has links to the Al Qaeda terror network. They were convicted to prison terms ranging from 10 years to life imprisonment, but most had already spent between six to eight years behind bars. The group has long been accused in Libya of plotting to overthrow the country's autocratic leader Qadhafi. The release was mediated by the Qadhafi Int'l Foundation for Charity Associations, an organization funded by the government and chaired by Seif al-Islam, the eldest son of Libyan leader. [AP]
Wednesday, 9 April, 2008: Libya’s national soccer side, The Greens, will play friendly matches against Mali and Burkina Faso, as part of preparations for the 2010 World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. The Libyan Football Association (FLF) said the match against Mali would be played 21 April while that against Burkina Faso had been scheduled for 26 May. Libya will face Ghana 31 May in Accra in the qualifiers. Meanwhile, the FLF has announced the postponement of the friendly against the US team, initially scheduled for May. FLF Preident Jemal Jaafari said the postponement was necessitated by the forthcoming qualifying matches and the participation of Al-Ittihad and Al-Akhdhar clubs in African competitions. [Panapress]
Wednesday, 9 April, 2008: Many of the criticisms that Qadhafi heaped on his fellow Arab leaders - that they lack unity, that they practice hypocrisy, that they never accomplish anything noteworthy and that they bow to the whims of Washington - resonated on the Arab street, where the idea that the league might achieve something worthwhile was long ago abandoned. Many of Qadhafi's most scathing appraisals, however, can easily be directed right back at him and his regime. Unless one counts comic relief as a contribution to the advancement of Arab causes, Qadhafi has done nothing to improve the more than 300 million Arabs who reside in this region. Sadly, he has done even less to better the lives of more than 6 million Libyans in his own country. After nearly 40 years with Qadhafi as its leader, Libya has become a firmly entrenched authoritarian state, where nepotism and economic stagnation are the laws of the land, where the most innocent forms of political expression are punishable by death and the most peaceful dissidents are routinely jailed or murdered. [The Daily Star]
Wednesday, 9 April, 2008: Dr. A.Q. Khan, the founder of Pakistan's nuclear programme, has said that he confessed to passing atomic secrets to Iran, North Korea and Libya four years ago to "save his country". Khan,who has been under effective house arrest since confessing on television in 2004 to running a proliferation network, added that the country's new government had not yet contacted him about his possible release. "I saved the country for the first time when I made Pakistan a nuclear nation and saved it again when I confessed and took the whole blame on myself," Dr Qadeer told a foreign news agency. [Karachi News]
Wednesday, 9 April, 2008: Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko met with Libyan President Muammar al-Qadhafi. The meeting was held yesterday within the framework of Mr Yushchenko's official visit to Libya. "We had very warm and friendly talks with the Libyan leader," Viktor Yushchenko said. The parties discussed prospects for Ukrainian-Libyan cooperation in trade-economic, oil and gas, agriculture and transport areas, particularly, Ukraine's participation in the construction of Libyan railways and bridges. The Ukrainian President expressed a wish for extending cooperation with Libya in the field of military technologies, as well as in outer space exploration, aviation and aircraft engineering industries. The two countries' leaders touched on prospects for increasing the number of Libyan students at Ukrainian universities. Yushchenko also raised the question of Libya's recognition of the 1932 - 1933 Holodomor, the genocide of the Ukrainian nation. [NRCU]
( منظمة الأمل لحقوق الأنسان ) : بيان بمناسبة ذكرى السابع من ابريل

( الجبهة الوطنية لأنقاذ ليبيا ) : بيان بمناسبة ذكرى أحداث إبريل

( اللجنة التنفيذية ـ المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية ) : بيان صحفي

Tuesday, 8 April, 2008: More than 1000 Amnesty International activists, primarily students, from more than 10 states will converge in New York City on April 11 for a series of demonstrations at foreign consulates and United Nations (UN) missions to protest human rights abuses in Myanmar, Darfur (Sudan), Bhopal (India), Sri Lanka and Libya. The demonstrations are part of the 13th annual "Get on the Bus" (GOTB), organized by Amnesty International USA Group 133, of Somerville, MA. Activists demonstrating outside the Libyan Mission to the UN will call for the release of political prisoner Fathi El-Jahmi, who was arrested in 2004 after calling for political reforms in Libya and criticizing Colonel Qadhafi; he has been detained without trial ever since. El-Jahmi's brother, Mohamed, will participate in the demonstration and give a morning talk on his work to free Fathi. [CD]
Tuesday, 8 April, 2008: Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko departs to Libya on two-day visit. The visit to Libya on April 7-8 will be paid at the invitation of that country's leader Muammar al-Qaddafi. The purpose of Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko's African visit is to develop the potential of relations with Northern African countries and the Arab world. The heads of the two countries are planning to discuss cooperation in oil, gas, aircraft engineering, finance, investment, military, technical and humanitarian areas. [NRCU]
Tuesday, 8 April, 2008: Serman and Benghazi prisons in Libya, have refused releasing the Algerian prisoners in Libya, suffering from a renal failure, and transferring them to the hospital. The prisoner’s family has called on the Libyan President to intervene urgently. In a statement to El Khabar, the prisoners’ families have called on the Libyan President Qadhafi, to intervene immediately in view of allowing the ailing prisoners to be treated at hospitals. According to the Algerian prisoner families representative, the prisoners at Serman prison, could not sleep, because of prisoner screaming, suffering from mouth pains, as an Algerian prisoners told him. [El-Khabar]
Tuesday, 8 April, 2008: The Ghanaian national on death row in Libya has appealed to the government to do more to fast track his pardon before he is killed by other in mates. Kwabena Kankam says he is likely to be killed any time soon by other in mates with whom he shares a cell for the condemned in Libya. The Ghanaian convict says he has been receiving threats from other inmates who cannot understand why he is still living even though the date scheduled for his execution had elapsed. Kankam, also known in Libya as Mahmood Mustapha Abubakar was facing death sentence having been convicted of the murder of another Ghanaian national, Isaac Oppong in Libya. He was one of five Ghanaians scheduled to be executed in that country. [MJOL]
( وماذا بعد المؤتمر الثاني للمعارضة الليبية!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

يوم السابع من أبريل ـ قصيدة شعبية

الساطور : ( 7 أبريل )     المسحان : ( 7 أبريل )

( ذكريات ابريل الحزينة ) بقلم : علي يوسف زيو

( ابريل.. شهر تجسدت فيه روح التضحية ) بقلم : الشارف الغرياني المحامي

في ذكرى "7 ابريل" : ( رسالة صوتية من سجن الجديّدة ـ 1976م )

من وثائق "7 أبريل"     ملامح من تاريخ الحركة الطلابية الليبية

( ليبيا يا نغماً في خاطري ) غناء : محمد نجم

( قَـلْـعـَة الـسُّـخـْط ) شعر : صلاح الدين الغزال

( صياح الديك ، بصوت الدجاجة (6) ) بقلم : أمارير

Monday, 7 April, 2008: Germany has denied media reports of official involvement in an alleged scheme to train Libyan security forces. Eight members of a police commando squad have been suspended from their elite SEK unit while an investigation into the alleged training is conducted. They are suspected of illegally working in their spare time for a private firm that trained Libyan anti-terror police. Germany's foreign ministry has denied that the embassy in Tripoli supported the firm's training scheme. Opposition calls The foreign ministry issued a statement saying that "the German embassy in Tripoli in no way supported the activities" of the firm. Germany's foreign intelligence agency also denied a report that it had supervised the training. [BBC]
Monday, 7 April, 2008: Police training conducted by German experts in Libya was a reward for Libya's help in securing the release of German hostages in the Philippines, a newspaper report said Sunday. The issue of training Libya's security forces was discussed in 2004 at a meeting between then chancellor Gerhand Schroeder and Libyan leader Qadhafi, Bild am Sonntag said. The meeting took place in the Libya four years after Libya helped broker the release of a group of foreign tourists, among them a German family, held by Muslim rebls on the Philippine island of Jolo. At an earlier meeting between Schroeder and Qadhafi in 2003 the issue of a return service for the hostage release was discussed, the newspaper said, quoting security sources. [Earth Times]
Monday, 7 April, 2008: Libya and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have signed an agreement for a $500 million joint venture for development projects in the African country, WAM news agency reported Sunday. The agreement was signed here Saturday between the Libyan Social and Economic Development Fund (SEDF) and the Abu Dhabi-based Al Mibar International for Investments in the presence of Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE’s minister of presidential affairs. Al Nahyan is on a working visit to Libya. The joint venture with an initial capital of $500 million, to be shared equally by the two sides, will focus on developing various projects covering real estate and tourism in Libya. The SEDF also signed an agreement with Abu Dhabi Executive Council for cooperation and joint investments in energy production in Libya and in third countries. [Thaindian]
( مؤتمر لندن الثاني (4) ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( ضياع الأيتام.. على مأدبة اللئام ) بقلم : صقر بلال

( مرة اخرى.. نحو إعلام مقاتل ) بقلم : د. فتحي الفاضلي

صفحات من كتاب ( سراب.. شارع "ن" ) تأليف : د. عبدالرحيم صالح (1)

لقطات من ( مظاهرة لندن ـ الأثنين 31 مارس ) تصوير : مصطفى علي

لقطات من ( المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية ) تصوير : مصطفى علي

( سقوط الصهيونية وإشراقة عصر الجماهير!!.. ) بقلم : جلال الوحيشي

تعازي إلى آل الشبلي

( فضائح قائد الأمة عبدالناصر ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( والله زمان يا دستور ) بقلم : عبدالباسط أبوحميدة

( المنارة المفقودة..!! ) بقلم : محمد عمر حسين

( السيرة النبوية (38) ) بقلم : د. علي محمد الصلابي

Sunday, 6 April, 2008: Germany's BND intelligence service has denied any involvement in the secret training of Libyan security services by German elite forces even as media reports point to a widening German role in the affair. The Federal Intelligence Agency (BND) was informed of the illegal training offered to Libyan police from its inception and "advised" the German officers involved in the training programs allegedly held between 2005 to 2007, according to a report in the daily Berliner Zeitung on Saturday, April 5. Members of the German embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli were informed about the operation, newsmagazine Der Spiegel reported. The BND denied being involved in the training seminars. "The BND neither provided training assistance nor was it connected as a consultant or adviser," a spokesperson told the German dpa news agency on Saturday. Despite the denial, several parliamentarians on Saturday called for the parliamentary control committee, which concerns itself with the activities of the secret services, to look into the matter. "The mention of the name 'Libya' alone should have alarm bells ringing at the BND," Wolfgang Bosbach, leader of the parliamentary group of Christian Democrats and their sister party, the Christian Social, Union, told Bild am Sonntag. [DW]
Sunday, 6 April, 2008: The Campania Region has joined the 'EU HIV-AIDS Action Plan for Benghazi', the healthcare programme which the European Commission (EC) is implementing in favour of Libya and the children of Benghazi infected with HIV, regional healthcare councillor Angelo Montemarano announced today during a meeting with representatives of the EC and the Libyan Embassy in Italy. The Region, welcoming the invitation of the European Commission to become one of the subject promoters of the intervention programme, has decided to invest 200,000 euro, a statement reads. The sum will serve for the training of 6 Libyan doctors in the field of immunology, clinical science, therapy and paediatrics. The training will be made at the buildings of the Cotugno hospital, of the Federico II University and of the Second University of Naples. [AnsaMed]
Sunday, 6 April, 2008: Libyan side Al-Akhdar will face Egypt's Harras Al-Hodoud in the CAF Confederation Cup third round after overcoming Tanzania's Young Africans. Al-Akhdar claimed a 1-0 win at Young Africans to make amends for a disappointing 1-1 first-leg draw in Tripoli. Cameroonian Hosto Joseph scored the winner after seven minutes to lift Al-Akhdar through to the next round. They will face Egypt's Harras Al-Hodoud, who progressed to the third round after a 1-0 aggregate win over Mouloudia Alger. Both sides met two years ago in the Confederation Cup round of 32. Military club Al-Hodoud defeated Al-Akhdar 4-1 on aggregate. [FilBalad]
Sunday, 6 April, 2008: Oil Libya brand customers in the country will enjoy two new range of products unveiled into the market. The company's new engine lubricants Deomaxx for diesel engines and Oilibya Accel for petrol engines will be available next month. Speaking at the launch Thursday, Oil Libya Kenya Ltd's Managing Director Kamel Jarzan said the company has already received overwhelming support and confidence from its customers and will continue to deliver its products and services to meet their needs. Jarzan said the company will continue to release into the market many other products and services in the growing Oil Libya portfolio. The newly launched Oil Libya Deomaxx and Accel lubricants, manufactured locally are set to replace the Exxon Mobil lubricants that were phased out upon the acquisition of the company's operations by Oil Libya in 2007. [KBC]
Sunday, 6 April, 2008: Guinea's President Lansana Conte has annulled a Libyan investment deal signed by Prime Minister Lansana Kouyate, in the latest sign of tensions between the veteran leader and the consensus premier. A presidential decree read on state television on Friday cancelled the acquisition by a Libyan state company of stakes in three hotels in the Guinea, the world's largest bauxite exporter. "The president decided it was not normal to exonerate the Libyans from all tax during 10 years, according to the texts signed by the prime minister," said a source at the finance ministry. Kouyate was appointed in 2007 with range-ranging powers under a deal to end union-led anti-government protests in which more than 130 people were killed. [Reuters]
منكم وإليكم : السبت، 5 أبريل 2008 Letters : Saturday, 5 April

( أيّها الليبي ، فليسعك بيتك ) بقلم : أمارير

( هاذي ليبيا يا سادة ) بقلم : جلال عثمان

( السّاقطون في امتحان الوطنيّة! ) بقلم : محمد قدري الخوجة

( مؤتمر لندن الثاني (3) ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

Saturday, 5 April, 2008: U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte urged his Libyan counterpart Friday to release jailed Libyan political activist Fathi al-Jahmi (photo), who reportedly is in ill health. Second-ranking Libyan Foreign Ministry official Mohammed Taher Siala was at the State Department to sign a U.S.-Libyan Science and Technology agreement. Officials are pointing to the science accord as evidence of an expanding relationship with Libya, which began its political rehabilitation in 2003 by renouncing terrorism and WMD. But they acknowledge continuing problem issues with Libya among them human rights and the continued detention of Fathi al-Jamhi. The 66-year-old political activist, a former provincial governor, has been under detention most of the time since 2002 when he publicly broke with Libyan leader Muammar al-Qadhafi and called for free elections and the release of political prisoners. His latest jail term began in 2004 and he subsequently was convicted in a secret trial of subversion charges, stemming from - among other things - contacts with a U.S. diplomat. Last week, the State Department renewed a public call for al-Jahmi's unconditional release after a report on his case by the monitoring group Human Rights Watch, which said he remained in ill health and hospitalized under guard - despite news reports he had been discharged. [VOA]
Saturday, 5 April, 2008: The United States yesterday said it still supported an international agreement that requires the Lockerbie bomber to serve his sentence in Scotland. There has been speculation that Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi could mount a legal challenge to serve the remainder of his sentence in Libya. But Kurt Volker, the acting US assistant secretary of state, said it was important that the original arrangements were adhered to. He said: "Those were part of the arrangements and it's important that they be followed through and that justice be served." The UK government last year began negotiations over a prisoner transfer agreement with Libya. However, Jack Straw, the Westminster Justice Secretary, insisted that no deal had been done over the transfer of the Lockerbie bomber. He said it would be for Scottish ministers to decide if Megrahi was returned to his home country. Megrahi is serving a minimum of 27 years for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie in 1988 in which 270 people were killed. [The Scotsman]
Saturday, 5 April, 2008: Eight German police commandos are under investigation for allegedly having trained Libyan police for profit in their spare time. "The behaviour of the police officers is completely unacceptable," said Ingo Wolf, interior minister in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia. German media say the elite commandos allegedly worked for a private firm and flew to Libya in 2006 to train police. The commando training programmes were illegal and the German officers did not inform their superiors about their activities in Libya. According to a German government spokesman, the officers have been removed from Germany's elite SEK commando force, the BBC's Tristana Moore reports. It is alleged that up to 30 German officers, from Cologne, Essen and Bielefeld, flew to Libya while on leave, in order to train Libyan security forces in anti-terror techniques. They were reportedly paid up to 15,000 euros (£12,000; $24,000) each in return for the training programmes - some allegedly were rewarded with paid holidays in Tunisia. [BCC]
Saturday, 5 April, 2008: House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) returned from Libya with a new pair of sunglasses courtesy of his host, Col. Qadhafi. Qadhafi gave Boehner the stylish souvenir during the Republican leader's brief, and somewhat bizarre, visit with the Libyan strongman. En route to Tripoli, Boehner's plane was diverted to Surt, Qadhafi's hometown on the Gulf of Sidra. Emissaries showed the Ohio Republican a man-made lake in the middle in the desert before shuttling him off on a caravan into the country's barren expanse. Eventually, the caravan headed directly into the desert, where it came upon a big white tent. Boehner was led inside, where he met the colonel. The two sat on white folding chairs and proceeded to have "a very frank discussion," Boehner said while recounting his spring break trip for a crowd of reporters at a Christian Science Monitor lunch at the Capitol Hilton on Thursday. At one point, an aide to Qadhafi entered the tent with a box of sunglasses. Upon reviewing the box, the colonel offered Boehner a pair. Boehner accepted the gift from the Libyan colonel, telling reporters Thursday that "they're nice glasses, but they don't fit." [Politico]
Amnesty International : Further Information on Fathi el-Jahmi

( ليس حرا تماماً داخل ليبيا ) ترجمة : بوزيد لهلالي

( قراءة نقدية لحديث "النساء ناقصات عقل.." (4) ) بقلم : د. عبدالحكيم الفيتوري

( العرب بين الممانعة والمناعمة ) بقلم : فرج بوالعَـشّة

تعازي إلى آل بن عامر

The Boston Globe: Not so free in Libya

( معارضة المعارضة ) بقلم : عمر الكدي

Friday, 4 April, 2008: Gazprom is considering energy assets in Libya in its swap deal with Italy's Eni, a source at the gas export monopoly said Thursday. Eni and Gazprom formed a strategic partnership in 2006, to focus on both upstream and downstream in the oil and gas sectors. The exchange of assets is part of the agreement. "There are Libyan assets in a shortlist. We consider them promising. We can make an announcement within six weeks," the Gazprom source said. The move would give Gazprom a long-sought entry to North African oil and gas fields and tighten its grip on European markets. An Eni spokeswoman declined to comment. Eni chief executive Paolo Scaroni met Gazprom head Alexei Miller and President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday and discussed cooperation and upstream joint projects in other countries in particular. [Reuters]
Friday, 4 April, 2008: Mali's governement and Tuareg rebels agreed a ceasefire on Thursday intended to lead to a final deal to end a months-old on-off conflict in the Sahara, both sides said in a joint statement after peace talks in Libya. "The two sides reached an agreement for a ceasefire ... to stop all hostilities," representatives of Bamako's central government and Tuareg rebels said in the statement, issued in Tripoli. Under the draft agreement, rebels would release soldiers being held hostage. Rebels led by Ibrahim Ag Bahanga captured around 30 soldiers and killed three of their comrades in a March 20 attack near Tin-Zaouatene on the Algerian border. In return for their release, Mali's army would partly withdraw from the Kidal area -- where a military source said government helicopters killed and wounded dozens of rebels on Wednesday. [Reuters]
تعزية إلى آل غميض     تعزية إلى آل العوشار

( شر البلية ما يضحك ) بقلم : ابراهيم صهد

( متى تحج الى حائط المبكى.. ايها العقيد ) بقلم : د. فتحي الفاضلي

( عندما يصنع الحقير دولة.. من يشيد بها؟ ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( مؤتمر لندن الثاني (2) ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

Thursday, 3 April, 2008: The White House, fearing a souring in its rapprochement with Libya, is trying to hammer out a final compromise on billions in restitution Col. Qadhafi's government is supposed to be paying to its terrorism victims. The White House has regularly hailed Libya's 2003 decision to dismantle its nuclear- and chemical-weapons programs, as well as to renounce terrorism, as a model for other nations. American officials worry that any reversal of its warming ties with Tripoli could undercut its diplomatic efforts to peacefully end nuclear programs in Iran and North Korea. "We want to show the Libyans that they made the right decision," Jeffrey Feltman, the State Department's deputy assistant secretary of state, said Monday at a Washington conference on Libya. Last week, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State David Welch held meetings in London with Libyan officials to hammer out a comprehensive agreement on the terrorism claims. [WSJ]
Thursday, 3 April, 2008: Brazil wants to learn more about the beef market in Libya and started working on this target this week. Yesterday was the fist day of activities of the foreign trade manager of the Brazilian Beef Industry and Exporters Association (Abiec), Márcio Caparroz, in the Arab country. Caparroz is in Libya to better understand the local market and to open more doors to Brazilian beef in the country. The visit of the executive is accompanied by the Market Development coordinator at the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce, Rodrigo Solano, and the analyst at the department, Marcus Vinicius Pillon. [ANBA]
Thursday, 3 April, 2008: UPET Plant in Romania IG Generatsiya manufactured and successfully tested the mobile drilling unit TD-200-СА-А7 intended for drilling and repair of oil wells at oil deposits in Libya. TD-200-CA-A7 was ordered by TNG-Group (Bugulma, Tatarstan), this is a full-packaged mobile unit including a motor-pump unit, circulation system and power and electric units. The unit is to be supplied in April 2008. [FIS]
Thursday, 3 April, 2008: The organiser of events Libyan-German Nadia Murabet won the award 'Global Achievers 2008' on the third International African Media Summit, which took place in Tunis. The award was organised by the African Communications Agency (ACA), which every year gathers journalists and operators from the African communication and from the African Diaspora. The "Global Achievers Award" is given to young emerging people in the sector. Nadia Murabet is daughter of a famous Libyan journalist, Mohamed, founder of 'The Tripoli Newspaper' and 'The Libyan Mail'. She lives between Milan and the Libyan capital and is president of the company Vision Media, which organises cultural, artistic and fashion events in the Arab and African countries. The president of the African Communications Agency, Erieka Bennet, presented Murabet as "an example of the exceptional professionals from the community of the African Diaspora, whose hearts and minds are aiming at ways to lift Africa and to change our image in the global community". [AnsaMed]
LLHR: 'Libya: The UN and Violations of Human Rights'

لقطات من ( مظاهرة لندن ـ الأثنين 31 مارس ) تصوير : عمر الهوني

( فصل الخطاب في بيان مخالفة فلم الرسالة للصواب (1) ) بقلم : المحمودي

( لماذا الجهمي وليس إعتيقه!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

Wednesday, 2 April, 2008: Libyan ships will join those of 11 other nations in naval exercises with the US Sixth Fleet this month as part of joint efforts to enhance security in the Mediterranean, the Greek navy said Tuesday. The operation will link the United States and other NATO nations in exercises with the states of the so-called "Mediterranean Dialogue," an enterprise thought up 14 years ago to combine forces to fight terrorism but never yet properly implemented. In addition to the United States, countries participating in the April 8-22 manoeuvres will include France, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Portugal, Morocco, Algeria, Greece, Malta, Tunisia, Mauritania and Libya. The operation, codenamed Phoenix Express 2008, aims at joint training in procedures for surveillance of cargo vessels, patrolling and rescue work, said a statement by the Greek naval command in Athens. [AFP]
Wednesday, 2 April, 2008: Libya was crowned African Futsal Champion after defeating Egypt 4-3 in the final on Monday (March 31st) in Tripoli. Mohamed Yahya opened scoring in the third minute, followed by Abdel Rahim in the sixth minute and Shahout Mohamed three minutes later, giving the Libyans a commanding lead by the ninth minute. The Egyptians tied the score up near the close of regular time, then midfielder Abdel Rahim Rabie scored the winning goal in the second half of extra time. Libya and Egypt will represent Africa at the World Futsal Championship in Brazil in September 2009. [Magharebia]
Wednesday, 2 April, 2008: Libya’s leader Qadhafi and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will be missing from the first-ever India-Africa Forum Summit, beginning here April 8, that is expected to flag off a new chapter in the centuries-old relationship between the two sides. Qadhafi, Libya’s maverick leader who has been at the helm in his oil-rich country for over three decades, could have added a dash of colour to the summit that is expected to launch an action plan to firm up economic and strategic partnership between India and Africa. India has invited leaders of 14 African countries, who have been chosen by the African Union to represent the entire continent, for the summit. Heads of the other 12 countries - South Africa, Uganda, Ghana, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, the DRC, Algeria, Senegal, Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania - are expected to be present at the summit. [The Indian]
Wednesday, 2 April, 2008: Libya has extended an invitation to visit it to the Sudanese First Vice-President and President of the Government of Southern Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, to discuss South Sudan development. Foreign Minister, Abdel-Rahman Shulgam, conveyed the invitation to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Deng Alor, during their meeting in Damascus on the sidelines of the Arab summit. Deng Alor said that the invitation aims to discuss the issue of development and investment, adding that the meeting also tackled bilateral relations. [ST]
الساطور : ( لكي لا ننسى )

لقطات من ( البرنامج الثقافي ـ المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية ) تصوير : عمر الهوني

( هولندا : الرصيد الثقافي و إكراهات المعاش ) بقلم : طارق القزيري

( موضع الاعتبار لا موضع الاحتقار!! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

تعازي إلى آل بورقيعة     تعزية إلى آل المدير     تعزية إلى آل الفلاح

( مؤتمر لندن الثاني (1) ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( المسير خلف فكرة تـقـليد الظل (4) ) بقلم : أمارير

( مقاربة تاريخية ما بين المغـول القدامى والجدد..!! ) بقلم : فرج بوالعَـشّة

هيومان رايتس ووتش : ينبغي إخلاء سبيل السجين السياسي [فتحي الجهمي]

Tuesday, 1 April, 2008: The United States on Monday urged Libya to release without conditions an ailing political dissident now recovering in a Tripoli hospital. Fathi al-Jahmi, a former provincial governor who has been in detention for four years, was transferred earlier this month to a medical center where he is being treated for diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. A senior State Department official, Jeffrey Feltman, said Washington, which is seeking closer ties with Tripoli, was encouraged by Jahmi's move to the medical center but hoped the matter could soon be resolved "for good." "As we have said many times, we believe that Mr. Jahmi should be freed unconditionally, should be allowed to travel freely and seek medical care wherever he chooses," Feltman told a conference on Libya held in Washington. Feltman, who called for the release of all political prisoners in Libya, said human rights were an important part of the dialogue between the two countries, which restored diplomatic ties after Tripoli gave up its weapons of mass destruction program in 2003. [Reuters]
Tuesday, 1 April, 2008: State Deaprtment : Press Statement - Tom Casey, Deputy Spokesman - Washington, DC - March 31, 2008 - Release of Libyan Prisoner Fathi El-Jahmi. We urge the Libyan government to fulfill their promise to release without condition Fathi el-Jahmi, a prominent Libyan activist. His release would signal to the int'l community that Libya is seriously committed to improving its human rights record. 2008/238. [State.Gov]
Tuesday, 1 April, 2008: Though only three months have passed since Libya joined the Security Council of the United Nations for a two-year term, the verdict already is in. Libya's membership on the Security Council shames the UN, and severely undermines the council's ability to maintain international peace and security. Put most simply, Libya does not deserve its seat. It has already justified terrorism, accused Israel of genocide, and blocked the council's condemnation of the recent murder of eight young Jerusalem students - this in spite of the Security Council's well-established practice of condemning terrorism wherever and whenever it happens. The truth is no self-respecting members club in Manhattan would accept Libya as a member, and no co-op board would even consider renting it an apartment. Yet the United Nations grants it a seat on the one body responsible for maintaining peace and security in the world. [NY Daily News]
Tuesday, 1 April, 2008: China Gezhouba Group Co said on Tuesday it had signed an initial contract worth $829 million to build residential complexes in Libya. The three-year deal calls for construction of housing projects on six areas located 120 to 260 kilometres from the Libyan capital Tripoli, the construction company said in a statement in the official Shanghai Securities News. [Reuters]
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